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Port Byron voters approve $21 million budget, elect board members

On May 16, Port Byron Central School District voters approved the district's $21 million 2017-18 budget proposal, elected three board of education members and approved two propositions.

Voters approved:

- A $21,273,209 budget for the 2017-18 school year that increases spending 0.67 percent and carries a 1.2 percent tax levy increase: 226 yes, 106 no;

- Purchasing two new school buses (one 66-passenger and one 30-passenger) at a total cost not to exceed $236,000: 212  yes, 122 no;

- Supporting the Port Byron Library, $57,147: 239 yes, 95 no

Voters also elected three candidates, Dr. Paul Ryan, Peter V. Svitavsky and Benjamin Vitale for the three open board of education seats:

Incumbent Dr. Paul Ryan: 273 votes;

Incumbent Benjamin Vitale: 263 votes;

Peter V. Svitavsky:  235 votes

Each will serve three-year terms, beginning July 1.

"We want to thank all of our community members who came out and voted today," said Superintendent Neil O’Brien.